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For this Neuromusular Diseases Forum, as Editor I monitor and moderate user comments and postings regularly, mainly to keep postings on topic and ensure that the Forum is a safe and friendly home to ALL of my visitors. I have instituted the following rules for my Forum:

1) I reserve the right to delete or edit posts at any time, for any reason. If I delete or edit one of your posts, I will send you a private message to let you know that I've done so, and the reason why.

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The Neuromuscular Diseases forum exists in order to allow its members to ask questions and share information, experiences, and support related to neuromuscular disease. Because experiencing neuromuscular disease and caring for someone with neuromuscular disease can be difficult, having the opportunity to interact with others with similar difficulties and experiences can help to reduce feelings of isolation and stress. My hope as editor of this forum is that we can build a truly positive and supportive environment together. My role as the forum moterator will be to facilitate this process.

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Jori Reijonen, Ph.D.
Neuromuscular Diseases